Date: Wed, 13 May 1998 07:02:15 -0600 (MDT) From: Michael Lo <firstname.lastname@example.org> I noticed that there hasn't been any help for Myth so far, I finished the game recently so I'll plunk down anything I can think of to help. Note that I'm not even close to the best Myth player in the world and I play about a mission a week so my memory isn't so fresh. Also this is only for single player Anyways let's start with some hints and move onto the walkthru: Hints 1. Unlike Command and Conquer, most of your missions don't involve killing everything in your path so attempting to do so can be difficult if not impossible like in River of Blood. Also while sacrificing troops is possible, you have a limit of how many troops to begin with and rarely able to increase beyond that so don't get your men slaughtered. 2. Missions in Myth can be tackled in a number of ways, so do what you feel is right for you. 3. Some people feel veterans don't make much of a difference but why waste any advantage you can get? If all your troops have blooded, their slightly increased fighting ability can make the difference between victory and defeat. For me if I'm pretty much sure that the mission is won, I send some rookies out to kill enemy stragglers 4. Watch out when your troops start celebrating victory, a few of your guys may still get killed if enemy stragglers decide to attack. Your band of partyers don't defend themselves unless you command the guys to. 5. Save often, Myth can get pretty random and your troops can do stupid things like bomb themselves or shoot each other in the back 6. For more help go to www.bungie.com for a list of Myth sites 7. You can command your units and pan the camera about while paused!!! Formations 1. Short Line-useful if you wish to break up your units into tight but flexible teams. Also useful for travelling through narrow areas. It's weakness is that the enemy can overwhelm you if you are outnumbered. 2. Long Line-very good for attack, especially against sizable enemy formations. The long line lets you circle your enemies and get your troops fighting without blocking each other up. While all line formations are good for use with missile troops this one just might be the best. It's weakness is that with so many guys, turning becomes clumsy so watch your sides! 3. Loose Line-a wider spaced version of short line, has the advantage of giving your men space to move around. The danger is the enemy can shovel troops through the spaces as well. Loose and Staggered line are best used with missile troops if you fear friendly fire among your archers but I tend to prefer Long Line as it focuses your firepower more, looser lines means some of your guys may be placed out of range 4. Staggered Line-a variation on the Long Line, where your men are widely spaced and placed front and back on odd-even counts. Similar advantages and disadvantages with loose line as well as advantages and disadvantages of small vs large grouping 5. Box-really good for movement in tight areas, not a good fighting position unless your men are surrounded but then Circle is much, much better for taking on the enemy surrounding you 6. Rabble-surprisingly effective, it's advantage is that your men are well-spaced. It's weakness is that the enemy can shovel troops through the empty spaces but if you outnumber him, then it's his funeral as he gets whacked from all sides 7. Shallow Encirclement-here's where we go on the offensive, it's strength is in getting your melee troops to surround and pummel. If you can lure the enemy into the middle of your formation it can be effective for defense as well. It's weaknesses are in dealing with sneak attacks as movement can get awkward and in using missile troops to their best ability (especially dwarves who could accidentally fling a bomb into the other side of the formation). 8. Deep Encirclement-a more exaggerated encircling formation, it increases the advantages-disadvantages of Shallow Encirclement 9. Vanguard-a good offensive formation, its strength lies in getting your men into the fight without getting boxed in (though encirclement is better for this). It's really effective if someone uses an encirclement or spread out lines in defence. It's weakness is that if the enemy uses a tight defence formation, the first guy in the vanguard is going to take a bad beating before he gets some help 0. Circle-great for holding off an ambush and if you have to guard someone. Otherwise, it's extremely cumbersome to move around and doesn't work that well against a one-sided attack The Units The Light Warrior-one advantage that the Light possesses is superior hand to hand fighting ability. The Warrior can easily slaughter a Thrall in hand to hand and will beat a Myrmidon if all things are equal. His advantage in fighting is that he's the best blocker in the game. This especially useful if you're fighting a monster with slow hitting rate like a Thrall. One fight saw a Warrior take down a Thrall while taking no damage because he blocked both axe strikes. The Warrior does medium damage at max and can take a fair bit of punishment and he's got a decent hitting rate so he's no cannonfodder. I like using this guy to absorb attacks for more valuable troops or ramming him into the front of an enemy while charging a Berserk into the enemies' flank Archer-his health stinks, he can barely outrun a Thrall but this guy rocks especially in groups. The reason is that he's got the best firing range in the game. His arrows are as damaging as a Warrior's swordstroke. If you ever go hand to hand, the Archer can lash out with his fists. The damage stinks and he's got poor range so about the only thing you can take out is a solitary Thrall or Ghol and that's if you outnumber him by about 3-1. He's best used to lay down some support fire against enemy skirmishers and to shoot down Soulless, Wights and Fetches. Beings with good speed are the most deadliest foes to the Archer so watch out for Myrmidons, Ghols, Spiders, Trow, and Shades (especially Trow and Shades, they are devastating hand to hand fighters and can soak up a lot of damage). Also watch that you don't shoot your own guys in the back especially if you grouped together a line of archers. Dwarves-a bit faster than the Archer and just as big a wimp. He also can't do a thing in hand to hand but this guy is absolutely devastating against infantry. Weaker beings will be torn apart in one bomb blast while tougher grunts will be near death. Those on the edges of the blast will still take a good amount of damage. The Dwarf can also lay down satchel charges to booby trap an area (especially good if you know where your enemey is coming from and the area is narrow), setting off a powerful explosion with his grenade. However the Dwarf can be real unpredictable and if not careful can end up bombing your own troops. Also water will put out the grenades while heavy rain can do the same too. Journeymen-the game Myth uses a number of elements from Glen Cook's Black Company books and one element is that if a being uses magic, it'll be far tougher than a normal person as magic gives the user unnatural vitality. With the exception of the Fetch, this is true too in Myth. The Journeyman can soak up a bit more damage than a Berserk or Warrior. He hits as hard as a Warrior with that shovel of his. However hand to hand isn't his forte, healing is. A Journeyman has six mandrake roots which he can use to bring an injured unit up to 80% of its full health. He can also destroy true undead with the mandrake. This is what makes him important. As he only has six roots, use them wisely. Also remember that he can only bring a character up to 80% of maximum health so don't use it on barely injured units. If the mission doesn't require you to protect the Journeyman and he's used up all his mandrake and can't find anymore, than by all means charge him into the fray (of course he's so slow, it's more like a plod than a charge). Berserk-he's easily the best of the normal hand to hand troops. Only beings like the Avatara, Shades, Trow, and Forest Giants are better in a fight. Sure they're alot better but they're also much much much rarer. His health is no better than the Warrior but it's his speed that kills. The guy can really motor and he's extremely fast with the two-handed sword. With the sword he can rip apart enemies without the opponent even getting a chance to hit him back. Also the two-handed sword has a bit of a reach advantage and it's minimum damage is equal to the maximum damage of a Warrior's broad sword. Mind you his maximum damage isn't that much higher. I like to use these guys to charge at an opponent's flank while sending Warrior's to their front, that way the opponent will have to turn to face the Berserks giving the Berserks the first and often last hits. Forest Giants-along with the Trow these are the ultimate in hand to hand. They're fast, they absorb incredible amounts of damage and they will kill any small unit save Avatara and Shade in one smack. Against any of the giant type creatures, Forest Giant and Trow does reduced damage because they can't get their full weight on them. The only thing to watch for is the slow turning rate of the Forest Giant and that if they take too much damage they'll turn to stone. So avoid getting surrounded. Note also that because they take up so much room, maneuvering more than two can be somewhat challenging. However this is the only Light unit that can cross most surfaces like deep water and steep mountainsides on account of their size. Avatara-the only one you will ever encounter is Alric. The Avatara have unnatural vitality and are even deadlier sword fighters than the Berserks. Their sword strikes does even more damage than a Thrall's axe blow. The most deadly thing about Alric is his ability to blast foes into kingdom come with his magic. He creates a chain of explosions that are contagious and does plenty of damage. The few instances where Alric is available use him to the utmost ability. The Dark Thralls-these guys are cannonfodder. They are the slowest creatures in Myth and have a hard time hitting the broad side of a barn, even if they do luck out and hit someone they're so slow the enemy gets ample oppurtunity to counter. That said there are some nice things to these guys-they do can do even more damage than a Berserk with a single axe strike, they also can take a goodly sum of damage and can hide underwater. The computer will send waves of these guys after you and will try to ambush you from underwater if given the chance Wights-these guys are living bombs. They have pathetic health so it only takes a few shots to kill them but beware they'll explode if close enough. Their blast is more powerful than a Dwarf grenade and worse still is that units outside the blast can be spattered with Wight guts which will paralyze temporarily from the diseased pus. They also like to hide in the water and so be cautious when crossing rivers. The safest way to dispose of these guys is to shoot them with arrows, dwarf grenades are too close for comfort. Note that if a Journeyman manages to wither a Wight with mandrake, the Wight will leave a pus pack behind. Ghols-these guys are fast but they can't take alot of damage. They hit about as hard as warrior but are easily killed by any semi-decent melee guy from the Light. The real danger is that Ghols in later levels like to throw things like blades and Wight pus packs. They throw with greater range than a Dwarf and often with greater accuracy as well. Note too that a Ghol has superior agility and so can go through surfaces that most units can't. Soulless-the Dark answer to the Archer, it's inferior range puts it a disadvantage against the Archer but because it is only semicorporeal the Soulless can travel any surface with ease. Other than that it is in all respects an Archer. These guys are at their most dangerous when grouped together as they like to concentrate their fire on one character to finish him off. Myrmidons-the closest thing the Dark has to a Berserk. They have decent health, very good speed, quick attacks and decent damage however they will usually lose one on one against a Warrior and will get pummelled by a Berserk. These guys are dangerous but the Light has the advantage unless outnumbered. Cave Spiders-these guys are push overs. They're fast and can scale surfaces easily but they don't have any toughness. The real danger is getting swarmed byt these creatures but with some covering fire and well placed skirmishers it should be no problem. Also these creatures are neutral and will attack Light and Dark. More dangerous than the Cave Spider is the Spider Queen, which is a huge version of the lowly spider. She has a poisonous bite which paralyzes temporarily and is the fastest thing in the game. The Spider Queen is also able to make more damage as well. Fetch-imagine an evil Dwarf but with greater range and accuracy. These creatures are devastating against your troops. Their lightning bolts explode on contact so they can wipe out large contingents in one or two shots. Best to take them out with Archers, also note that their lightning will cause high explosive things to explode so you can try to trick them into firing when they're over a satchel charge. The other thing is if you use a Berserk, try to lure her melee support into her line of fire so that she fries them instead of you. Trow-everything about a Forest Giant applies to this guy except that the Forest Giant causes more damage (it is possible to survive a single hit from a Trow) and Trows can take less damage because of their tough skin. Shades-these guys are the answer to the Avatara, they float over terrain so they move fairly quickly but cannot cross running water. One Shade can slaughter 3 Berserks at once in hand to hand but their most dangerous ability is to cause your guys to explode. The Shade will however try to avoid using this ability if you are fairly close to it as it will get caught in its own magic, and also it has a limited number of usage so it will not waste the dream on a few guys. The Avatara hit harder and can take far more damage so Alric can kill one in a one on one. If you lack the really tough guys then send just enought meleers to bring it down. Too many and it'll use the dream and too few the Shade can pummel it's way out eventually. Shooting it with arrows is difficult as it moves pretty quickly and just needs to close the gap enough to use it's dream power on you The Walkthru (to the best of what I recall) Crow's Bridge You must repel the invaders from Crow's Bridge. Note that with no Journeyman (he's introduced in the next level), you'll have to watch your health. The 2 guys in the cut scene are going to be in deep shit if they stick around so retreat. Send our hapless twosome to the gang of Warriors in the middle of the road. The enemy won't attack at this point, so you're fairly safe. Now move to the town and get the Dwarf, Archers and Warriors to meet up with the rest. About this time the enemy will send 4 Ghols to harass you. Destroy them if you wish, but remember that they're there to distract you (I killed them by luring them to their deaths with my Dwarf). If the Ghols are out of range, they'll go after the civillians of Crow's Bridge but don't worry civillian casualties mean nothing unless you feel obligated to save them. The enemy will advance from the river to slightly separated waves. The first wave consists solely of Thrall so a Dwarf with a well placed satchel charge can wreak havoc. The second wave is a mix of Soulless and Thrall, use the Archers to kill the Soulless and the Dwarf and Warriors to decimate the Thrall. When the enemy takes enought casualties, it'll try to retreat so now's a good time to rack up some experience. If you killed the Ghols and Soulless, there should be no survivors among the enemy as the Thrall are way too slow to escape (just remember they can flee into the deep part of the river). A Traitor's Grave You must kill the traitorous mayor and will be given a lot of Archers, a Dwarf and a Journeyman. The only guy with some real ability in hand to hand is the Journeyman so keep this in mind. You will meet a guide who will lead you north but if you like to take a pause he'll wait albeit impatiently. Send your Dwarf to southeast corner if you hate country music and wish to inflict bodily harm on a peasant yokel. Too bad you can't take out his trailer as well. As for the rest of your group, be on the lookout for a gang of Ghols that'll try to get you from the back. But between the Journeyman's inhuman vitality and big shovel and the Archers firing arrows, the Ghols should be no problem. Follow the guide with all your team and as you go north get ready to fight. The guide will retreat to you guys when he spots the Soulless and Thrall coming, hopefully you're in a good formation atop a hill. Since the enemy should be below you, the high ground advantage should see you through with little damage. There'll be another wave of Thrall and Soulless but deal with them the same way and you're fine. Eventually the guide spots the mayor and calls for his death. I recommend that you hurry west to ambush him along the path, the guide has served his purpose and will gladly die a martyr by distracting the Ghols coming for you. The mayor is guarded by an entourage of Thrall. The easiest way is just shoot the mayor with arrows or a grenade as the Thrall only cover his sides. But I felt he deserved an ignomious death so I charged my Journeyman to beat him over the head with a shovel. The mayor will try to retreat and so he separates from his escort while the Journeyman gladly beats him to a pulp. Meanwhile the Archers rack up some experience by killing the escorts who try to rescue the traitor. The mayor finally collapses from a caved-in skull which is good because the Ghols are about to rush the Archers. The enemy will retreat at this defeat. The Siege of Madrigal Your object is to lure the enemy up north to the bridge. You have no Journeyman so watch your health!! You have alot of Warriors and fair number of Archers, go in and slaughter the Ghols that are in your path, be aware that before you cross the bridge Thrall (or is it Ghols?) will try to take you from the sides. So counter this effort by splitting your Warriors and Archers in two groups and tear into them. Hopefully you take no damage, next we send some Archers to the bridge where you'll see three groups of Thralls and Soulless. The big threat here are the Soulless, so try to assassinate them by getting your Archers to fire a few arrows into the closest Soulless and retreating. The Soulless will come after you but will return to their original position if you move back quickly enough. With enough of these small raids the Soulless should be dead and the Thrall are vulnerable, send your Warriors in to smash them while having the Archers soften them up. When you win that bout quickly move everyone to a large open space and have the Archers ready for action. Because Wights make their first appearance popping in from out of the village and the river. Destroy as many as you can and then send most of your troops back over the bridge leaving about 3 Archers and 3 Warriors (hopefully these six will be in top health). Having a large party will just be cumbersome as you cross that narrow bridge and not to mention that you have to fear Wight sneak attacks. Well once your main body of troops are over get the Archers in that bunch to be in good position to protect them as Wights will also appear in the area though not to the same degree as the other side. With your decoy party of six make your way north but kill as many Wights and Ghols as you can as you want your way clear when you retreat. As soon as you see the main enemy force, get ready to run if they follow you. If they don't, fire an arrow or two to get their attention. Luckily they're slow because you'll need any speed advantage you can get to clear the bridge and surrounding waters of Wights who decide to take up residency there. When you make it over the bridge, the Dark should also be coming over to so you win! Homecoming This mission requires that you keep your Journeyman alive as he's the one who carries the Total Codex. When you first appear, the large group of Warriors appear first but they realize it's an ambush by Soulless so retreat from the World Knot you came from. You shouldn't take any damage as you retreat but more importantly when you retreat the Archers appear and will scare away the Soulless. When they move away, two Dwarves and a Journeyman appear. First get rid of any foe in your way as you push south to the Codex. With such a large force this will be easy. When you see the cathedral where the Codex is held, you have a choice. You see the party sent earlier is not dead yet, when you approach close enough though the Dark will send hordes of Soulless and Thrall to overwhelm them. They 'll get slaughtered unless you take control of them, to do so you must send someone in quickly and quickly take control of the first party. Get into good defensive formation and counter the siege. Send the second party to destroy the foes from behind. By rescuing the earlier party you can have negative casualties and now you have two Journeymen so one guy can be expendable. If you get a hold of the survivors of the first party, you'll be in good shape because as soon as you get the Codex you must push further south into more danger. You see the World Knot you used has been destroyed so you must find another way out. I can't remember whether a large gang of Thralls and Soulless meet you at this point but the big danger lies with a big gang of Ghols, what makes these guys more dangerous is that they're armed with pus packs lying on the ground. Send your Dwarves to clear the ground of remaining pus packs with some Archers and Warriors to support them. The Ghols will do their best to waylay you but your superior forces should see you through with little or no casualties. Flight from Covenant Your mission is to get the Codex out safely This is the first instance, where you get a special character the Warrior Captain. He fights better than your normal Warrior and since that's the first and last time you'll ever see him, try to get maximum usage from him. When you first appear you're going to be attacked from the front by Thralls. Just send your Dwarves to tear them up, but when that's over you'll be hit from the left and right by big contingent of Thralls with a Wight. To make things even hairier, Wights will come out of the ruins as well. Weaken the Thralls with your Archers and Dwarve but kill the Wight with your Archers as soon as the oppurtunity comes up. The pus explosion will kill some Thralls and paralyze others. Slaughter everyone until nothing remains. This level introduces the Myrmidons and you will see two of them standing a bit north of the ruins, fire some arrows at them and they'll runaway. Now you have a choice to make, you can go directly north and face a huge army of Myrmidons and Thralls or you can go west to avoid them. If you go decide to go around you will face some Thrall and a number of Wights in the lake, you also get to meet SoulBlighter one of the Fallen but don't worry he's just an observer and will disappear. If you want the road to glory, you're going to have do some planning, lay some satchel charges in the indentation between the ruins. Place Dwarves in front. Behind them lineup the Archers. Flanking the Dwarves, in a distance that puts them far away enough to not get bombed will the Warriors. Now send a lone Warrior north to find the enemy, as soon as he's spotted run like hell because the Myrmidons are much faster. With the big lead he has he should make it just time. The Myrmidons should follow into the indentation and so now's a good time to start bombing. Myrmidons can withstand two grenades but if any that's caught in a single blast will be near death so cause as much havok with the Archers and Dwarves as you safely can before charging the Warriors into their flanks. Beware that some Myrmidons may go around the ruins rather than through it. Your Warriors have a slight combat advantage over the Myrmidons so you should win it (but you'll at least be badly hurt if you haven't taken heavy casualties, the best I can do is come out with 4 dead including the decoy man who I leave in the indenatation so that Myrmidon are delayed. But there's much better players than me so maybe they have a way). When the Myrmidons are finished, the Thrall shall have arrived at this time. Unfortunately your Warriors should be badly hurt so get them to runaway leaving the Archers and Dwarves to kill them. Because of their slowness, the Thrall should be destroyed without causing any damage. With the way clear, you'll only meet the odd enemy who you'll cleave through. You can either pay SoulBlighter a visit or go to the tunnel. Force Ten from Stoneheim Your job here is to destroy a World Knot, so make sure you have at least 7 satchel charges for it. This will be the stunning premiere of the Berserk, you also get an bunch of Dwarves and Archers. However you have no Journeyman. Anyways in the beginning, a Berserk will try to talk the pilgrims out of going to their pilgrimage. Now you can either let them get slaughtered which will buy you time and lessen your likelihood of getting hurt or you can go with them and be a hero (not that you get anything out of it other than job satisfaction). I let them get massacred, and here's how things went for me. The pilgrims will push off to the side to reach their holy site while I went north. By the time I reached the channel of ice, the pilgrims are quite south of me. To my front is a large band of Thralls, Soulless and some Ghols. Because of the treacherous ice, the Thralls must cross via a narrow pass and so they get torn apart by the Dwarves I lined up. The Ghols and Soulless can cross the ice but I had the Berserks repel the Ghols and I would keep sending Archers forward to potshot the Soulless and retreat. Since there's so many of them, it'll be a long battle. By this time Soulless and some Thrall will have finished off the Pilgrims to the south and push upwards. But with a forest behind me to slow their progress, I was able to pick them off. When all is clear, you go north where you'll meet some opposition from a bunch of Thrall and a few Soulless but you'll carve right through them. However while you are busy destroying them, some Ghols will try to hack down your Archers and Dwarves so get your Berserks to stand by. When this group is dead, push north further and you'll meet a larger wave of Thrall and Soulless behind them you'll see the World Knot, destroy the Soulless with your Archers first and then devastate the Thrall with you Dwarves and Berserks. With the way clear, go forward but be wary of stragglers. Place as many satchel charges as you can on one of the outcroppings of the World Knot and ignite it. Bagrada Something has destroyed your scouting party, find it and kill it!!! You are armed with a mighty band of Berserks, Archers, Dwarves and a Journeyman. This level has quite a few Myrmidons to sink your teeth into. In fact you meet a wave of them as you press forward. No problem as you should have a hang of the game long ago. After them will be a groundswell of Soulless, destroy them and you are fairly set. There will be another token force of Myrmidons trying to lure you so that a somewhat bigger force can hit you from behind. However the enemy is charging almost single file so it'll be a massacre for them. Also take out Soulless you see hanging in the mountains. They're there to sporadically fire a few shots at your melee guys who can't climb the mountain. When this is done, press further Northeast and you will hear the welcome words of new units have arrived. You will get a bunch of Warriors, a Journeyman and I believe a few Archers. Join up and press further until you see a pair of Myrmidons. To the left of them is a ledge you can climb so send the Archers along with maybe 2-3 Berserks or Warriors along with a Dwarf. As you climb the ledge you'll see a few Soulless to kill, when they're dead push further up the ledge with the Archers, they'll spot a groupd of Soulless with a number of Thrall. From your height advantage, you should decimate the Soulless. Meanwhile back on the bottom, you probably killed the two Myrmidons and will soon encounter the Thrall. Send a Dwarf or Two to soften them up and retreat quickly so your Berserks and Warriors can go after them safely. Make sure when you attack the Thralls that they've advanced a fair distance because you'll be hearing loud thumps. Behold!! This is the first appearance of the Trow. There's only one of him but that's more than enough. Your Archers will hopefully start peppering him with arrows, while your melee squad should have toasted the Thrall with little or no injury. Charge your fighters at the Trow but make sure you hit him with an encirclement formation or something similar because he'll tear through you like nothing if you go single-file. Soon enough the Trow will be nothing but rubble Ambush at Devil's Overlook There are 100 Soulless trapped in a pass, kill'em You don't actually have to kill all 100, depending on the difficulty setting you need to kill a certain percentage. You get a lot of Dwarves and some Berserks too, not to mention that there's a big supply of satchel charges for you. Your scout will lure the first wave of Soulless for you to bomb so get ready. Set some satchel charges for them and let them have it! Hopefully you've positioned yourself so that you can bomb them from different points so that they won't be able to focus their firepower on one group of yours. Stragglers can quickly be mopped up with the Berserks. Refill your satchel supply and set up another trap, there'll be two more small rushes by the Soulless before the real huge group comes. Whatever you don't go too forward or you'll incite the Soulless to rush en masse with all their forces!!! Also you will see some Soulless crossing through the snowy hills instead of the ice river. That's okay you don't have to go after them, it's better not to either as you want your Berserks handy instead of running ragged chasing a few stragglers. Bomb enough so that the level ends and hopefully you take few or no casualties (the Dwarves have the stupid tendency of having grenades deflected back at them from the force of the previous explosion). The Five Champions Alric has been captured and so a group of mighty heroes are coming to save the day!!! With the exception of the Journeyman who is just a normal guy, the heroes are mighty indeed. Especially Ki'Angsi the Archer and the Dwarf guy. With Turgeis and his pal (both Berserks among Berserks) you should see heroic carnage among the foes. You see the heroes have much better health and better accuracy and range, the Warrior Captain you had earlier only fights a bit better than you're normal guy but these heroes are much better. I hear that there's some extra mandrake lying about somewhere when I snuck a peek at the official Myth guide in a bookstore. Anyway when you first start off there'll be some Soulless trying to potshot you from the mountain send Ki'Angsi to teach them manners andgo forth. Next will be a gang of Ghols but unfortunately for them, you actually outnumber them. With the incredible accuracy and range of the Dwarf (I forget his name along with the name of the other Berserk hero) and Ki'Angsi, I doubt they'll even reach your guys. With them out of the way, there'll be some Soulless to kill, then there'll be a horde of Thrall coming down a ledge. La de da. Your biggest threat in this level will come from the Soulless as you only have one Archer to fight with. So you'll have to potshot with care. Basically coral any group of Thrall for your Dwarf and Archer to mow down. The badly weakened survivors will be fodder for the Berserks. Heal your heroes only when they're badly hurt as they do have greater health than normal. Ki'Angsi has even better range than a normal Archer so use this to your advantage against the Soulless (remember Soulless are even slower than Archers). Basically you will traverse a number of gullys and canyons so you can go southeast. There you will be meet a line of Soulless, these guys are your last opposition this level so be tricky and lead them to their second deaths. With them out of the way, you will see Alric suspended in the air by four magic generators. Destroy the generators by pummelling them with your guys and Alric is free. Out of the Barrier The Heroes must lead Alric to safety. This area is fairly open so watch for attacks from various sides as well as Soulless firing from the mountain tops. Your object here is to guid Alric to a mountainside to east so he can teleport your guys out. But before that I recommend you slaughter yourselves a path to the southwest, you'll see a small shrine-like opening in the mountainside and floating in midair is a glowing bow. This is the Bow of Stoning which will turn corporeal creatures into stone (extremely useful when Myrmidons try to take you from all sides). However don't immediately send Ki'Angsi to pick it up. Rather send the Berserks and the Journeyman to the area, also try to manipulate the grouping so that Alric follows these three. Alric is under computer control, he'll follow someone (usually the Journeyman) and he'll protect himself. What we want is to get Alric to take the brunt of the attack that happens when you near the bow. A gang of Ghols rush out, but your mighty foursome should pummel them. Especially if most of them go after Alric, who'll tear large chunks of Ghol out of them. Now you should push west and smash down the groups of monsters that come after you. When this is finished, heal up everyone who needs it. As you proceed check your radar for an extremely large group of foes. Then pan the camera and you will see a guy floating in the air with a huge group of Myrmidons and Soulless. Alric will tell you to let him handle it. He'll start talking with the Shade Sinis and will bomb the enemy with his magic, killing all the enemy except Sinis. One on one Sinis and Alric will engage in a swordfight, Alric will trounce him good but to speed things up send the Berserks, the Journeyman and even Ki'Angsi to belt Sinis with his fists. When the heroes gang up on Sinis, he won't last long. Now you must make your way to the mountain top as enemy reinforcement are arriving. When Scaripant died he dropped his magic on the ground, you can ignite it with a bomb and this will kill your foes but take the Dwarf out with it. Maybe if you make a string of 9 satchel charges and ignite it from a distance it'll work safely. Anyhow, bring your guys with Alric and escape Silvermines Find the Watcher's arm and escape via the graveyard. You get an assortment of Berserks, Dwarves, Archers, and a Journeyman The arm is in random locations to look about. I found mine near the big mine entrance where a large number of bats fly out. The thing to watch for is that this level introduces the Fetch. There will be several patrols lurking about, each has a Fetch surrounded with Soulless, Thrall and a few Myrmidons (not too sure about the Myrmidons). As soon as the Journeyman picks up the arm go north where the graveyard is. Destroy patrols in your path by shooting down the Fetches first with arrows, then systematically destroy her guards. Shadow of the Mountain Some of the Legion have been corrupted and you must protect the arm Actually this level is fairly easy, you get a big band of Berserks, Archers, Dwarves and a Journeyman. There'll be four or so waves that come at you from random points on the map. It'll be 2 waves of Thrall plus Dwarves and 2 waves of Thrall plus Archers, these waves will have a sprinkling of Myrmidon as well. There's alot of them but you have a major height advantage. The enemey has to go up the mountain so they're missile bait. First take out the Dwarves, it's more preferable to kill them with Archers but even your Dwarves have an advantage. You see the enemy Dwarf has to throw upwards which shortens his range, as well there's a chance the bomb will roll back blowing him up. When a Dwarf dies sometimes his satchel charges explode so that should take out an extra foe too. Also if an enemy Dwarf dies and leaves his charges intact, bomb 'em if an enemy is near it. Archer waves should have your own Archers counter them with their height advantage, then send the Dwarves for some quick hit and run before charging down the Berserks. Also in this level you will see a stationary group of traitor Archers, if you don't bug them they won't bug you (they are easy pickings though but it does use up valuable time when you absolutely need your Archers). Seven Gates The Deceiver and the Watcher are fighting each other, kill Scaripant Scaripant is a Shade aligned with the Deceiver. The Watcher and the Deceiver are fighting each other so if you ever encounter a group, lure them to an opposing faction and watch 'em go. To aid you, you get a a group of Archers, Warriors, and a Journeyman. Scout around with a Warrior so you can know where the enemy is, and then lure the enemy into each other. The Dark is composed of Thralls, Soulless and Fetches so beware of the Fetches. If a Fetch survives fill it with arrows. Scaripant is in the northeast on island surrounded by water, send 3 or 4 Warriors to kill him as he is badly hurt (note that Archers tend to miss him and sending too many guys will result in Scaripant using his magic. Too few Warriors and Scaripant will mow 'em down with his superior swordsmanship). Forest Heart There are 4 Trow Generals, kill 'em You get a large number of Berserks and Archers plus 3 Forest Giants. Too bad there is no Journeyman. When you first start off, it is a scene of mayhem. A scouting party of a few Berserks and Archers are ambushed by Myrmidons and coming fast is a Trow. I hear it's possible to save a few of the party and I heard that on Timid you can actually kill all the Myrmidons and the Trow with no casualty. I let 'em die trying to inflict as much damage on the Trow as I could. Next the scene changes to your main forces where a few Berserks run up to say the scouts are dead. They're followed by some Myrmidons. Kill them and get close to the bridge, there a bunch of Soulless will attack. You could use the Forest Giants but why waste some health, just arrow them to death. Do not cross the bridge yet, instead group your Archers to the north bank along with the Giants, a Trow will cross the river to get you. The Archers should be able to reduce his health to half before the Giants get him. When you go to the bridge, there'll be Myrmidons waiting, so set them off with some arrows and retreat. Repeat until they're gone. Cross the Giants over the bridge but make room for some Archers because a Trow is coming, and a few arrows will help. When the Trow is dead, go back across the bridge and head east, then go north. There'll be some opposition in the form of Thrall and Soulless, then get ready to cross the bridge. There are some Soulless lined up on a mountain so shoot them down. Myrmidons will charge after your Archers but your Giants and Berserks will make quick work of them. Go further and you will see a gang of Thrall with a few Soulless, shoot them a few times before breaking off your Archers, then send your Beserks and Giants to mop up. Then send the Giants near the Archers because a Trow is coming. The Archers should fire on the Trow but they have to work fast as he has plenty of room to move. Send the Giants in for the kill. After that push up to meet the murderers of the scouts. Lineup your Archers and Giants against the Trow while you send the Beserks to prevent the Myrmidons from helping the Trow. As the Beserks outnumber the Myrmidons, they probably won't take any casualties so just worry about the Trow. When he goes down, your forces celebrate but the jubilation is short-lived, SoulBlighter appears and he's got the Tain. He sucks everyone but the Giants into the Tain, leaving the Giants to futilely batter away at him to no avail Heart of Stone You are trapped in the Tain and must find a passage out You get a Journeyman, Beserks, Archers, and Dwarves This level introduces you to the Cave Spiders, actually this level is fairly easy as the Spiders like to fight with the Dark. You must activate four pylons on each corner of the map. I heard that there's a way to do it without stranding the Beserks but I don't know it. The reason you have to activate the pylons is that they create a bridge segment over the lava to the exit. The fights are easy as Spiders are wimps and your main opposition here, plus the Dark you meet will be badly hurt from spider bites. This level is a field day for your Archers and Beserks, not just that you get reinforcements teleporting in too. The Smiths of Muirthemne You find out a possible way to destroy the Tain, releasing everyone When you appear you get the same thing more or less as above. You'll pop in firing a few arrows at nearby Cave Spiders. As you move further you'll see teleportation activity. There are two Beserks in desparate battle against a big gang of Myrmidons, so crush 'em with your Beserks. Now collect yourself and explore a bit and you'll notice that there are four pylons. These pylons fire lightning that will instantly kill any of your troops, however the pylons will give off a warning noise and glow if you approach just close enough. It won't fire unless you move closer, the other pylons are now safe to approach so go in and clear out the Spiders so you can get the glowing orbs to dump in a gate to the north. Each of the four corners has a Spider Queen who is far more dangerous than the smaller Spiders but if you have a gang of Dwarves, followed by a line of Archers and flanked by Beserks you are in good formation to come out relatively unscathed. Also one of these corners will teleport a gang of Myrmidons who are battling 2 Bezerks and an Archer. When you have placed all four orbs at the gate you will be free Sons of Myrgard The Dwarves want to liberate Myrgard from the Ghols You get Balin and will be reinforced with Dwarves. This level has a secret level too. No Journeyman here or in the secret level just Dwarves. You start with the pathfinder Balin. Balin is alot like the Dwarf hero from Five Champions except he uses artillery charges instead of satchels. Balin starts the level off invisible, he remains invisible until he throws something. So guide him past the Soulless at the gates, taking care not to let the enemy hear you. Once through look for a pen full of pus packs. Throw a bomb into the pus packs so the Ghols can't use them. You are no longer invisible so cause as much damage as you safely can and call for reinforcements with your flare grenade. The Soulless will come for you but with your reinforcement you can clear them out along with the Ghols. When finished go south, you'll see 4 Ghols practice fighting and a pen full of Wights. Kill the Ghols and Wights. Now go east, you'll find a gate of wooden stakes so bomb it apart and go forward a bit. Word of warning, you now enter to the Ghols' living quarters. Each cave has 2 waves of Ghols, not just that but there are Ghol patrols and a few Wights as well. Here's where Balin's artillery charges come in handy. When you use it, he throws a flare on the target area, when the flare runs out a heap of satchel charges fall from the sky which explodes on contact. Anyway, if you want to go to the secret level DO NOT KILL EVERYONE!!! In fact leave some of the caves intact, you just have to take care of the caves that are close by. The secret level is in the southeast cave which is to the south of the big stone gate (ignore the Ghols at the stone gate, they're not looking for a fight). A Long Awaited Party This is the secret level where you must destroy the Godhead of the Ghols. The Godhead is a big near indestructible rock, you'll need at least 24 satchel charges and these must be placed on the weak spot as well. Any way you get Balin (if he survived earlier) and some Dwarves. Go in and clear out the caves and the patrol that comes for you. When you go north, you'll see a gang of Ghols standing by a narrow pass. They are armed with throwing blades and pus packs so ready a good formation and get Balin to toss an artillery in front of them, with luck they'll walk into it and take heavy losses. With them out of the way press south, you'll encounter a gang of Ghols near some ruins, like wise they are armed with pus and blades but there are still some pus pack lying near the Ghols, get Balin to bomb the closest pus pack which will spatter and kill some Ghols. Run away, and go back to finish the job. With the Ghols dead some Soulless will come to. Carefully take cover and bomb away. Go further south where you will an arsenal of pus, blades and yummy satchel charges. Load up the charges, as you do so 3 Dwarves will parachute down as reinforcements. To the east lies a ledge which leads to the godhead but there is also a gang of Soulless. They'll ignore you unless attacked, so get Balin to use a well-placed satchel charge or two. This will severely whittle their numbers. If you let some go they'll come after you later but they should be so hurt that they can't muster much offense. Go further east where you see another arsenal and a Ghol. Do him in and go further east then go north where you spot a Ghol or two, kill him. Now you have a choice to make, you can finish the level the easy way or take the road to glorious Ghol devastation. The first has you go around till you reach the back of the stone. The Ghols are too busy praying to notice you so you can blow it up which pisses them off to no end so they come after you (though it's too late for them to do a thing). The second way has you going to the ledge that the Soulless were trying to go down. Arrange your Dwarves in a long line and move up planting charges (make sure that the arsenal to your back is untouched, you'll need the charges). Once you a long and fairly narrow line of charges, move your Dwarves back keeping them in the long line formation. Then get Balin to throw an artillery charge at a reasonably close target but optimize its placement so that it will take out at least 3 Ghols. As soon as you throw it, run like hell (there may be a possibility you can toss a second charge as soon as you throw the first but that's cutting it close). As soon as the artillery hits, the Ghols will come rushing for blood. However, if you hold steady and don't get any grenades deflected at yourself, you will see a spectacular chain reaction which will completely wipe out the Ghols and leave you unharmed. By the way the stone's weakspot is that section where you can walk under the stone. The Road North An Archer hero is ambushed and killed. Recover his magic bow. At first glance, you looke woefully undermanned. You have 3 Archers and 4 Warriors, however there won't be much fighting until you get the bow. The bow is in a small circular body of water to your north, just follow the trail of blood. The one fight you really get is when you reach the branch that leads to north to the bow. You see the Thrall have dug themselves into the soil (as seen in the cut scene) so they can ambush you. So send a scout to set them off, retreat and regroup then destroy. When you get to the body of water, I should warn you that as soon as an Archer gets the bow, 4 Thrall rise to attack. For me, I placed 4 Warriors in position for a quick run, I had the Archer grab the bow and evade the Thrall while my Warriors attacked each individual Thrall. Once you get the bow, things look up for you greatly. The bow is the Bow of Furious Incandescence, meaning it shoots lightning. This lightning bolt has the same range as an Archer's arrow but is even more powerful than a Fetch's bolt, it will kill anything in this level in one shot. What's more just like a Fetch's lightning it causes explosion type damage, so that one shot from the Bow of Furious Incandescence will take out a whole group of foes. Soon enough small groups of Soulless with a Fetch each will come for you, but they're no threat. You must return to the same place you came from, but you can also hang around to rack up some more experience. On the way back, a big gang of Thrall will come to perish at your hands. Also there are still gangs of Thrall lurking in the mud (mind you, they're not even close to being near you). Across the Gjol Repel the enemey from river Gjol You get a Warrior Captain, Warriors, Archers, Dwarves and a Journeyman. This is going to be a harder version of Shadow of the Mountain. You have the height advantage and the first few waves are easily defeated. Later they will send a huge horde of Soulless giving them great firepower, to make things worse, heavy rain will tend to put out your grenades. I heard that if you kill a Wight down by the river, reinforcements come. I never tried as I was too busy at the time and didn't think of it. Any how before the Soulless arrive get the Dwarves to lay down charges. As soon as one grenade escapes being put out, you'll destroy the hordes of Thrall that come after you. Good formation management is a must here. The Watcher The Watcher has been turned to stone, smash him to bits This is one tough level, you start off with 18 Beserks. You have nothing else but Beserks. The two occurences of reinforcements gives you only some more Beserks. As you cross east through the swamp kill any opposing Thrall. Once on dry land, get a single Bezerk to go forth. There's a Shade with a gang of projectile tossing Ghols. Get the Bezerk to get their attention and run about trying to get the Ghols to accidentally throw their weapons into the Shade, meanwhile send a small gang to kill the Shade and his Ghols. Once that's done, you will go east where you meet more Ghols with throwing weapons and Soulless, try to go around them as confrontation will seriously hurt. As you go further, a Shade teleports in. Quickly rush in and kill him, he's too surprised to use his magic so he dies fast. Meanwhile go up and down till you get both sets of reinforcements. The way to the Watcher is blocked by a gate of Soulless, kill them to break through. Once through you will see the Watcher guarded by Ghols and Thrall. Rush everyone in to start hacking away. Those who are blocked off from the Watcher should attack anyone attacking your guys. Believe me there's going to be plenty of bloodshed not to mention pus and spears thrown around. I only survived with 6 Bezerks left. River of Blood Cross the bridge over the River of Blood. You are in the city of the Trow, that tells you something. You get 3 Forest Giants, Dwarves, Archers and Bezerks. You first start at a gate fenced off by wooden stakes, destroy the stakes with your Dwarves. Lineup your Archers past the gates, then send out the Giants and Bezerks to flank. You will see a Trow flanked by Myrmidons, get the Archers to shoot the Trow when he's down to half health. He'll attack, send the Giants to kill him while the Bezerks should tackle the Myrmidon. As the instructions tell you going through the center is suicide because there's a ton of Fetchs, Soulless, Myrmidons and Trow. Pick a side and go there taking care to kill any opposition without taking much harm. Keep going forward till you reach the bridge, there you will see a Trow who has three Fetchs at his right and he is flanked by Myrmidons, soften the Trow with arrows and send the Giants to kill the Fetchs. They'll do it before the Trow gets an oppurtunity to attack so get him. Note that the Myrmidon will still stand around. With the Trow dead, get Giants to kill the Myrmidons and send the Bezerks to help. I heard that if you lose all your troops a second powerful party appears after to try and cross Pools of Iron Alric must make it to the site of the final battle This is your one chance to control the great Alric. He really is great. He has powerful magic (only 4 uses though) and incredible physical power. He's so tough he can withstand several hits from a Trow. Take Alric and send him south. Along the way solitary Myrmidons will try to attack you. Let them come close, then attack. If you rush them too soon they run away, easily outdistancing you. Once Alric starts hacking a Myrmidon it won't get the chance to hit back. As you go further south, a large gang of Myrmidons rushes forward so use the dream on them. If anyone survives, they're easy pickings. Continue until you see a World Knot that is broken. Alric will activate it by standing over the missing outcropping but before you do so kill the 2nd major Myrmidon force with the dream and kill any stragglers. Activate the World Knot places Alric into temporary computer control, leaving him helpless. But help arrives as a big battalion of Berserks, Archers and a Journeyman (was it 1 or 2?) comes through. Go east where you will see a shrine, there are 2 Trow lurking there so you might not want to go straight east, rather take a slight detour so the Trow will fight you one at a time. Shoot the Trow as much as possible before surrounding it with Bezerks and Alric. Make sure Alric is one of the guys hitting the Trow as he causes greater damage. There are only two major groups of Myrmidons remaining, so dream them both. As you go to cross the blood lake, large contingents of Thrall will attack but Alric and Bezerks can easily slaughter them especially with some Archer support The Last Battle Find and destroy Balor This actually isn't the last battle, but that one is anticlimatic compared to this. You get Bezerks, Archers, and will later get Dwarves (I forget whether there'll be a Journeyman.) You must go north to meet Alric, but as you do kill all the Fetchs that are in the river and approaching. When you get to Alric, move everyone away from the Standard of the Myrkridia. Alric will engage Balor in dialogue and then Balor will use his lightning dream to destroy the Standard, killing anyone nearby. At this you will be attacked by large groups of Myrmidons and Thralls. Coming to reinforce them are two Fetchs. So kill your foes quick so you can deal with the Fetchs. With the way clear, follow Alric but not too closely. Balor will stand at temple surrounded with Myrmidons and Thralls and two Fetchs. Balor taunts you with the destruction of the Legion, and causes a shower of decapitated Dwarf heads. Then Alric retaliates with a dream. This instance can be fatal if your guys are too close. Soon the survivors of the dream come and attack. They are also backed by a host of Thrall and two Fetchs. As usual the Fetchs take priority. Hopefully you go through the experience relatively unhurt because there's more bloodshed to come. You meet Balor once more surrounded by a lot of Fetchs. Get your Archers to start weakening the Fetchs, as later Balor will get the Fetchs to fire on Alric, who bravely shields you with his body. He can't last forever and will need his strength to face Balor, so charge in the Berzerks to kill all the Fetchs. When it's over, Alric goes and faces Balor for the last time. Balor zaps Alric with his dream but Alric has a nifty up of his sleeve. With the Eblis Stones he paralyzes Balor, now he'll command you to kill him. Better do as he says, when it's over Balor will be a head shorter The Great Devoid When Balor has been killed before, he returned more powerful each time so the remnants of the Legion must throw his head into the bottomless pit of the Great Devoid. You get some Bezerks, Archers, Dwarves and a Journeyman. A Dwarf must carry Balor's head. Note that your force is not in perfect health either. You must now cross the river to the east to reach the Devoid. In the river lurks Wights. Above you will be Fetchs and Soulless who try to blast you from the cliffs. Your Archers will be your only defence right now. Once you get close to the shore you will notice a two forces of Soulless and some Fetchs. Lure the Soulless to you and destroy them but be wary of Wights lurking about. With the Soulless dead, shoot the Fetchs. With the way clear, create a beachhead and take a small breather, you'll need it. You see there are patrols of Fetchs with Myrmidons (I forget whether it was Myrmidons, Thralls or Ghos). To make matters much worse, SoulBlighter is here. He can tear your troops apart with ease, but he has a weakness. Send 4 Bezerks with the Journeyman (you must have at least 1 mandrake too). Hold position with the Bezerks and let SoulBlighter come to you. When SoulBlighter is busy killing the Bezerks, use your healing on him. As an undead it hurts him bad, forcing him to turn into a pack of crows and fly away. Now hold off the patrols and march the Dwarf with the head to the Devoid. Your celebration will be cut short with the Dwarf saying "Uh Oh" and a huge geyser of energy pours from the Devoid. This leads to the cinematic ending which is ambiguous to say the least, and sets the tone for Myth 2!!!